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Flashback: Bernie Sanders Once Said Venezuela Embodied 'American Dream' More Than US

Remind me: What’s happening in Venezuela?

The oil-rich nation has been plunged into poverty and chaos. People are living from meal to meal, taking turns to dig through trash to try to find scraps of food and resorting to zoo animals, rats and dogs for meat. Children are starving to death at unprecedented rates.

Who thought this was a good idea?

On Monday, President Donald Trump said in an address to the U.N. that Venezuela’s problem “is not that socialism has been poorly implemented but that socialism has been faithfully implemented.”

Former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was praised as a revolutionary for instating sweeping socialist reforms. Nicolas Maduro took over after Chavez’s death in 2013, vowing to continue his policies of state control.

Economists say reckless government spending and state control are a big part of the problem, and the Venezuelan government is deeply in debt and dealing with the falling price of oil.

Progressive Hollywood celebrities and self-titled socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders have pointed to Venezuela as an example of socialism working. In 2011, Sanders said that “the American dream is more apt to be realized in South America, in places such as Ecuador, Venezuela and Argentina.”

Glenn’s take:

“Venezuela was supposed to be the crown jewel. It’s the progressive paradise,” Glenn reminded listeners on Wednesday’s “The Glenn Beck Radio Program.”

Sanders once praised countries with food lines, saying that rationing was a sign of equality and success.

“Ask a Venezuelan what it’s like to deal with food rationing … to get turned away and then have to go dig through the trash in a last-ditch effort to feed your family,” Glenn said.

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GLENN: Venezuela was supposed to be the crown jewel. It's the progressive paradise. Everyone in Hollywood praised Venezuela: Sean Penn, Oliver Stone, Naomi Campbell, Michael Moore, Bernie Sanders. All of them.

In fact, on Bernie Sanders own website, he claimed that if the American Dream would be more apt to be realized in Venezuela, then in the United States.

So why is it that everyone loves Venezuela? I think probably because it was a country that had so much promise. And then when they went and started to really fully embrace socialism entirely, none of us ever lived there.

What does the utopia actually look like? Inflation nears now -- sorry, 800 percent.

Basic goods like toilet paper are severely rationed. The nation with the largest oil reserves in the world has to implement -- import oil. And has oil and gasoline shortages.

What's really so heartbreaking, the people are struggling for food every single day. At night, many citizens go on the prowl to hunt for rats, cats, or dogs.

This is what progressives across the world call a paradise. Misery is the politics. Ask Bernie Sanders, the lack of food is, believe it or not, a sign of success.

BERNIE: You know, it's funny. Sometimes American journalists talk how bad a country is because people are lining up for food. That's a good thing. In other countries, people don't line up for food. The rich get the food, and the poor starve to death.

GLENN: Ask a Venezuelan what it's like to deal with food rationing, what is it like to stand in line for food. To get turned away and then have to go dig through the trash in a last-ditch effort to have to feed your family. Ask them what it's like to watch their leaders rip up the Constitution and seize even more power and more control. Power and control. Power and control.

In the end, I don't care if it's the Nazis or the communists, I don't care if it's the left or the right, there is another way.

Individual freedom. Power and control in the end, that is what the progressive, socialist, left and right agenda is always all about.

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Buckle up, this one is a wild ride. Author of "The Anarchist Handbook" and podcast host of "Your Welcome" Michael Malice wants to burn it all down, peacefully and with a smile. "My rights are NOT up for discussion," he tells Glenn. He explains why his version of America will save America. He and Glenn also discuss why corporate media is shrinking, why Boomers love Martin Luther King Jr., how Trump earned the spite vote, and why gun control is officially solved. But how does anarchism solve the China problem or potential nuclear threats? Somehow, he has the answer. He also tells Glenn how a concept like Blaze Media brought down the Soviet Union and why, in spite of anxious talk of "national divorce," he has so much hope for the future.

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INSANITY: High schooler ARRESTED after not wearing mask at school tells her story

On Thursday's radio program, Grace Smith and her father, Andy, joined Glenn Beck on the phone and provided a first-hand account of Grace's refusal to wear a mask at school.

Smith, 16, began a maskless protest after her school district in Laramie, Wyoming, decided to implement a mask mandate. As a result, Grace received three suspensions, was issued two $500-citations, and was eventually arrested.

"How long were you in jail?" Glenn asked.

Grace said was taken to jail but was never booked nor was she was placed in a jail cell.

Glenn commended Grace's father, Andy, for raising such a "great citizen" and asked if it was Grace's idea to protest. Andy said it was Grace's idea, explaining that they took the position of arguing on the grounds of civil rights rather than the efficacy of wearing a mask.

Grace has since withdrawn from public school and started a home school program. She also told Glenn that she will continue to fight the school district, legally.

You can donate to Grace's legal fund here.

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Raiders Head Coach Jon Gruden was forced to resign (fired) by the NFL on Monday due to 'misogynistic' and 'homophobic' language found in several of his old, private emails. But Jason Whitlock, sports writer and host of 'Fearless' on BlazeTV, tells Glenn that Gruden's words never should have resulted in his job lost: 'We should have accepted his apology and kept it moving.' But instead, Whitlock says the NFL chose to use Gruden as a 'signal' for all other employees who may oppose the football organization's current, far-left political stances: 'Taking over sports, taking over the NFL, is crucial to the goals of the left and what they're trying to do.'